No. 4
Downing Street
7 January 1859
I transmit to you herewith the copy of a letter which I have received from the Board of Trade submitting for my opinion a representation made by the English Merchants in the Sandwich Islands of the importance to the interests of British Commerce of declaringManuscript image Victoria in Van Couver's Island a free port.
I shall be glad if you will give the subject your consideration and favor me with your opinion as to the feasibility and expediency of carrying out this suggestion.
I have the honor to be
Your Most obedient
Humble Servant
E B Lytton
Documents enclosed with the main document (not transcribed)
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J.E. Tennent to Merivale, 23 December 1858, enclosing B.J. Nicolas to Earl of Malmsbury, 7 October 1858, supporting the establishment of Victoria as a free port.
Lytton, Edward George Earle Bulwer to Douglas, James 7 January 1859, LAC RG7:G8C/7, 10. The Colonial Despatches of Vancouver Island and British Columbia 1846-1871, Edition 2.2, ed. James Hendrickson and the Colonial Despatches project. Victoria, B.C.: University of Victoria.

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